Monday, September 5, 2016

The good news from Austin

The good news from Austin, Texas, this morning is Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer threw five touchdown passes last night, and that pretty much ought to end Brian Kelly's two-quarterback experiment.

(OK, maybe. Sort of. Until Kizer makes a mistake or doesn't throw five touchdown passes.)

The good news from Austin this morning is Notre Dame has an acceptable replacement for Will Fuller, and he's got the most awesome name in college football.

(Actually, Equanimeous St. Brown is probably better than Fuller already. Or at least potentially better. And his name is totally awesome. I mean, come on. A football player at Notre Dame with "Saint" in his name?)

The good news from Austin this morning is it's only Setpember 5, which means Notre Dame is not already out of the running for the national championship playoff, especially given what happened on September 3, when No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 5 LSU both lost, too.

(OK, so maybe that's good news. It could also mean Oklahoma and LSU aren't as good as everyone thought. And Texas and Wisconsin are way better. Which means they, or some other "they" we don't know about yet, could materialize to knock N.D. out of the picture down the road.)

The good news out of Austin today is even though Texas has a great freshman quarterback in Shane Buechele, Notre Dame has some decent freshmen, too, like Equanimeous and Shaun Crawford, who set up a touchdown with an interception and ran back the blocked extra point to get the Irish into overtime.

(Which means Kelly still knows how to recruit. And he's recruiting athletes, not just big lugs with a lot of consonants in their names. Which means Notre Dame has reached the level where, like all elite programs, it's merely reloading every year instead of rebuilding.)

And last but not least ...

Speaking of Equanimeous, we're never going to see this enough.

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